On Finishing: Taking Stock and Charting Progress
Being over half way through the year, I thought it would be a good time to share my progress on staying away from craft stores and using up what’s on hand. Plus I have a new idea on how to show you what craft leftovers I’m using.
Go me! I’ve kept my craft junkie self out of the craft store this year.
I can count on just my hands the things I’ve bought from the craft/yarn store this year: painting supplies for a painting class, yarn for a pair of socks, yarn for a present for my mom, fabric for a shirt and dress (I actually made both, so that’s good.), a small fabric kit. Yet, I still have more craft supplies then ever. Friends routinely give me fabric (which I love) and so I always have an over flowing source of fabric for project making, hence all the fabric projects here on the blog. In fact, it’s the largest category in the project archive.
I want to start seeing some downward progress on this fabric pile. Kind of like the monthly progress reports for my business admin, I want to take stock of what I have and really see it get whittled down. I have a pile of unfinished projects, I have piles of yarn, fabric, and the like. I want to say “Ha, I used xyz this month.”
Establishing a Baseline
For the rest of this month, I’m going to establish a baseline. I’m going to take stock of my knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing, paper craft, and woodworking. Really take a true dig around and see what’s taking up all this space.
I’m going to tally up my yarn, my fabric, all my misc. craft supplies too. Each post will be a different material. So next post I’ll start with yarn. I’ll take pictures of all my yarn, really evaluate what’s going on and all my yarnie projects.
Before & After
I’m going to start taking before and after shots too. Like a picture of a pile of yarn, then at the end show what I made. It’s going to be hard. I’m going to have to be a lot more diligent about taking photos BEFORE I start a project.
Patterns by Me, Patterns by Others
I’ll be writing my own patterns for some of the projects and using other people’s patterns as well. I’ll link up to what patterns I use and where I’m getting my ideas if I am more just inspired by what I see.
Kits for the Shop
And I’m going to start making more fabric kits too. That’s another thing that will really help whittle down my stash. I’ll be posting those starting in mid September. I’ll also try and take before (where I’m sourcing the material) and after (cute pictures of the ready-to-make kits).
I’ll be adding the first round of fabric baseline photos on Monday. See you all then!